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BUGANDA

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Our Story

The story of Buganda Heritage and Tourism Board.

At its founding, the Kingdom of Buganda had only a small territory consisting of the counties of Busiro, Busujju, Kyaddondo and Mawokota; as well as small portions of Ssingo and Bulemeezi counties. Most of the surrounding territory was the dominion of the Kings of Bunyoro. There was considerable rivalry between Bunyoro and Buganda, and constant fighting over territory. Gradually, Buganda was able to expand its territory at the expense of Bunyoro until it grew in size to the twenty counties that constituted Buganda at its pinnacle. The islands of Ssese were autonomous within Buganda right from its founding, being reserved as the islands of the gods. They were not directly governed by the Kings of Buganda until after the 1900 Agreement. The expansion of the Kingdom of Buganda was a goal seriously undertaken by Buganda Kings. Apart from a desire for the wealth typically associated with a large Kingdom, geography also favoured and tempted Buganda Kings’ aspirations to expand Muwawa (Buganda) at the expense of Bunyoro-Kitara. Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom, which originally included the present-day counties of Busujju, Gomba, Kyaggwe, was geographically too extensive to be governed effectively. The Kingdom was too... Read more


Our Culture

Since Kabaka Tonda’s reign, there has been an evolution in Buganda’s music, dance, drama, rites of passage, language, architecture, dressing, technology, economic activity, religion, politics and governance, warfare, food, ceremonies and gender roles. All these are all unique to Buganda and represent diversity in the experiences which can be offered... Learn more

Traditinal wedding

Events

The Baganda regarded marriage as a very important aspect of life. A woman would normally not be respected unless she was married. Nor would a man be regarded as being complete until he was married. And the more women a man had the more of a man he would be regarded.

Dressing

Morals

Buganda royals first wore bark cloth until the last quarter of the 15th Century when ordinary citizens started wearing it too. Then it was followed by cotton when the missionaries and Indians came to Uganda.

Utility Craft

Creativity

Baganda are engaged in utility arts and crafts such as weaving and pottery. Baskets (ebibbo) are made for storage and decoration. They are also used during special occasions such as traditional weddings to carry gifts and to serve meals.

Cuisine

Food, Drinks

The staple food in Buganda is matooke, which is a type of banana. It is peeled, wrapped in banana leaves, tied up with banana fibre and then pressed and mashed to a form of mound.

Rhythm

Music, Dance, Drama

Like in any African culture, Buganda music was for entertainment, communication and story telling. Particular drum rhythms were used in the palace and were strictly played for the King such as “Omujaguzzo”.

Tour Packages

Our cultural tourism packages.

Tourism News & Events

Latest news around Tourism in Buganda

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Kabaka's Coronation

From the earliest times in the history of Buganda, there has always been a king (kabaka) with despotic powers. The first king of Buganda was Kintu...
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Miss Tourism

Beauty is commonly understood to be a Hub of Attraction from a human perspective, yet the world is surrounded by a lot of beautiful things like heritage, culture...
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Buganda Expo

Buganda Expo is an annual event on the Buganda calendar whose major role is to orient and introduce the public to the opportunities within the kingdom in order to...
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